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Unread 07-19-2001, 02:26 PM
New to this! Lots of ????

I found out yesterday that I will be having a TAH on Sept. 11. Was only able to get a couple of questions in to the doctor. Have been surfing to get some answers. I am 28 years old. My biggest concern is whether or not to keep my cervix. The doc has said it will be removed, but I have heard it could effect the ability to reach orgasm. Also heard that it helps to hold up the bladder. Should I fight him on this or just let it go? Also, have any of you ladies had 1 ovary removed and not the other? Have scarring and have had cyst removed from one, but other is healthy and running. Could one ovary carry the weight? Look forward to hearing from you.
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Unread 07-19-2001, 03:48 PM
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Julie, I've just recently had a TAH/BSO (6/29/01) and I, too, had discussed whether or not to keep my cervix and the doctor said it will not affect orgasms. I've spoken to many others who agree with this who no longer have their cervix (saying pleasure comes primarily from the clitoris). After surgery, my pathology report indicated that I had pre cancer cells in my cervix, so boy am I glad I had it removed! The doctor said it wouldn't have necessarily turned into cancer, but with all the cancer history in my family, I didn't want to find out! As for the ovaries, again I would discuss that with your doctor, as each case is unique. Personally, I'm 45 and mine weren't working well so he took them both. He told me I also will have less chance of getting breast cancer now (my mom is a breast cancer survivor...she had a hyst and they left her ovaries). There is also a history of ovarian cancer on my mom's side(my aunt died from it...she had a hyst and they left one ovary). If you haven't already found the chatroom, that's a great place for you to go and talk "realtime" to others and hear their stories. I don't know what I would have done without it! When you have questions that you feel dumb asking, no one in the chatroom considers it a dumb question...cuz most of us have been there, too!! Good luck to you! And remember, the waiting is the hardest part of all! Hope to chat with you soon!!
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Unread 07-19-2001, 06:14 PM
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Hi and welcome to Hyster Sisters!

Keep reading and posting here and you will find answers to many of your questions. I had my TAH/BSO on March 5th, and have not had a problem with orgasm. It felt a little different the first couple of times...(kind of shallow?) but that could have been because everything was still healing and recovering. Now everything feels exactly as it did before (actually, better...it doesn't HURT anymore!). My husband says it feels the same...no diffference at all. I wouldn't get hung up on the cervix...talk over your concerns with your doctor.

At your young age, if you have one healthy ovary I'd say hang on to it!! It will work hard for you for years to come, and you'll have the benefits of your own hormones to keep you balanced. You may find that it shuts down for a little while after the surgery...this is normal, and they usually wake up again soon. Also discuss this with your doctor.

Let us know what happens, we'll all be here to help you get through this!

s to you!

Karen
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Unread 07-19-2001, 07:22 PM
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Thank you both Sue and Karen,
I have no one here to talk to about this and didn't even know what questions to ask the doctor. Have started a list of questions and concerns and am adding on as I go along. DH is away on a submarine and will be gone until a month after my surgery. So, I really am in this alone for now. I am so excited that I found this site! Thank you!
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Unread 07-19-2001, 07:36 PM
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A good starting point for your list of questions can be found on the home page, on the Pull Down Menus under "Ladies In Waiting"...

Click here for a list.

Add your own as you think of them, and you'll be all set for your pre-op meeting with your doctor!

Keeping reading and posting!

Karen
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Unread 07-20-2001, 08:25 AM
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Hi Julie,

I woke up from my TAH a year ago to find that the Dr. had to remove one of my ovaries due to endo. I was a little upset to have lost it at first, but my Dr. assured me that one ovary can indeed do the work of two, and I was 43 at the time. You are a lot younger, so you may get considerably more from your remaining ovary. The hormones you make for yourself are generally the best for you. As long as you have no history of ovarian cancer in your family, and the ovary is healthy, you can be very glad to keep it!

As for the cervix, I don't have mine, and I'm able to function quite well, if you know what I mean!

My very best to you...

Linda
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